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Acceptance of Phase 2 on Snorre A

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has given the go-ahead for starting the platform wells on Snorre A. Production can begin as soon as Statoil has stabilized production from the satellites, as outlined in the operator's plan.

On Monday the PSA sent a formal reply to Statoil regarding phase two of the normalization plan for Snorre A.

The PSA and Statoil have maintained a close dialogue in the weeks since the gas blowout on 28 November. The operator has drawn up a three-phase plan for starting up Snorre A, in which the first phase was starting production from Snorre UPA (the subsea production facility) and Vigdis. Only minor run-throughs of the production lines remain before this milestone has been successfully passed.

Production from the platform wells is phase two in this normalization process. Based on the operator's plans, analyses, assessments, documentation and other correspondence, the PSA has now given the go-ahead for this activity. However, the PSA has requested written confirmation from Statoil that the company has achieved stable production from the satellites before the platform wells can be started.

The final phase of the Snorre A normalization relates to drilling and well activities. This part will be evaluated separately by both Statoil and the PSA, on the basis of the experience gained in phases one and two.

Contact in the PSA Norway:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Tel.: +47 970 54 064